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Volume 8, Issue 13

11 Dec

Some flash fiction this way comes. Whether its a lab-grown sibling, a monstrous minister, or threats to go get Carl if you don’t hand over the gas can, there’s something especially sinister about Issue 8.13. 

Peruse these strange and surreal stories, and then cook up something of your own for our #FlashHero contest, which runs until January. And keep an eye out for the release of our third annual Prize Winners Anthology, which is in its final proofing phase and will be available shortly. 

Little Sister

by Aeryn Rudel

Gloryville

by Christina Dalcher

Burn Barrel

by Alyssa Striplin

Volume 8, Issue 12

22 Nov

The specter of death hovers over Issue 8.12, with three small fictions that focus on mortality or the fleeting thrills of our ephemeral lives.

We’ve got our next quarterly contest, Flash Hero, up and running, so check that out and get cracking on an entry that subverts the typical hero, antihero, or villain tropes. Also, our third annual Prize Winners Anthology is in its final editing stages and will be available in December.

Transcendental 

by Tim Conley

Vision, Visitation

by Dylan Hopper

Bring Out Your Dead

by Kerry E.B. Black

Flash Monster 2017 Results

30 Oct

October is the most glorious month of the year—it’s not even that close. And the best day of the best month is Halloween, the most revered holiday at Molotov HQ. Three years ago, we started our quarterly flash fiction contest series with Flash Monster, and we’re thrilled to return to that theme again as you’ve unleashed some of the most sinister stories we’ve ever had the pleasure to read. 

We read a large number of stories that were worthy of being featured, but the competition was stiff this time around. The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

 

Close-but-no-cigar shout-outs go to:

Ashely Adams
Seth Augenstein
Kerry B. Black
Christina Dalcher
Lazarus Gray
Donna Greenwood
Wiebo Grobler (2)
Sarah Haasl
Kelly McClure
Evan Nicholls
David Nilsen
Bayveen O’Connell
R.A. Roth
Aeryn Rudel
Cameron Snyder
Paul Sohar
Matt St. Hilaire
Christopher Stanley
Sarah Starr Murphy

Alyssa Striplin
Kaleb Tutt

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2017 mega-issue, which will drop at the stroke of midnight (PST) on Halloween. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in 2018. 

 

Enough  blathering. Here are the goods. 

10th Place – “Cut Carve Slice” by Andrew Bourelle 
9th Place – “Comeviatorum” by Emily Livingstone 
8th Place – “The Arms” by Jennifer Lynn Krohn
7th Place – “A Warning from the Wood” by Madeleine Ebacher
6th Place – “I Had a Boneyard in the Dakotas” by Michael Carter 
5th Place – “This Thing of Darkness, I” by Philip Webb Gregg
4th Place – “Yetimaker” by Michael Carter

 

And now on to those stories that really made us smile.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Goop”
by Chris Milam

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Full Custody”
by Latifa Ayad

 

1st Place ($200)

“Moist”
by Erin O’Shea

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Monster 2017 contest. You cooked up some truly monstrous flash fiction, and we couldn’t host these contests without you. Check back tomorrow for the Flash Monster mega-issue! 

Flash Worlds Results

14 Aug

The world is a pretty scary place these days, but that didn’t stop your imaginations from taking you to some even darker, stranger realms. This latest contest produced some of the most bizarre and intriguing flash fiction we’ve seen to date, and that’s saying something. Fittingly, our Flash Worlds contest drew in submissions from all around the globe. We saw entries from the USA, U.K., Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, Israel, Singapore and Croatia. 

Once the results were decided, we were happy to reveal a good number of familiar names and also so many new ones. We feel fortunate to serve as hub for so much talent and weirdness.

But you didn’t come here for the preamble.

Now on to the short list. The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar short list shout-outs go to:

Laila Amado
Nidhi Arora
Ava Bergen
John Barrale
Michael Carter
Michael Croban
Wiebo Grobler
Christine Hanolsy
Gene Hart
David Hartley
James Huff
Sierra Louie
Evan Nicholls
Rocket Outlaw
Aeryn Rudel
Allison Spector
Christopher Stanley (2)
James Turner
Giovanni Zuniga

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Worlds mega-issue, which will run later this week. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which is now only a few short months away. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

 

Okay, okay. Here’s the good stuff. 

10th Place – “A Visitation” by Chloe Seim 
9th Place – “This Ape’s on Fire” by Lazarus Gray 
8th Place – “Libation” by Gregory Ariail 
7th Place – “Auroras of Arverne” by Voima Oy 
6th Place – “The Deceased of 120 Primorsky Street” by Michael Carter 
5th Place – “Tribe” by Nikolaj Volgushev 
4th Place – “Stuck in the Bathroom” by John Barrale 

 

And now on to those stories that were a little slice of Valhalla.

3rd Place ($50)

“Dog Eat Dog”
by Christina Dalcher 

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Come Away to the Water”
by Celia Daniels

 

1st Place ($200)

“Listening to the Animals”
by Emily Livingstone 

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Worlds contest. You transported us to new realms that can serve as oases in these troubled times. We couldn’t do these contests without you. Check back in a few days for the Flash Worlds mega-issue! 

2017 Shadow Award Results!

14 Jul

We were swept away…

…by the tremendous talent we witnessed in the
2017 Shadow Award poetry contest.

This contest yielded our highest turnout to date, making competition especially fierce. Once again, brilliant poet Mary Lenoir Bond did the heavy-lifting with the judging process. A huge thanks to Mary for all of her efforts, burning the midnight oil and giving each and every entry the thoughtful consideration it deserved. 

We were also thrilled, once again, to see so many international submissions. The contest included entries from the United States, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Portugal, India, and Indonesia. A huge thanks to everyone who sent us dark and offbeat poems. While we obviously can’t recognize all of your quality work here, we truly appreciate reading it. If you didn’t place in our contest, keep sending that poetry out into the world. We’d love to see it pop up in another journal.

And now on to the short list. The following writers had poems that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.
Close-but-no-cigar shout-outs go to:


Ross Allison

Matilda Berke (2)
Janet Bowdan

C.M. Clark
Jason Conner
Celia Daniels

Nicholas De Genova
Katherine DeBlassie
Karen Fabiane
M.K. Foster
Lex Gomez
Stephen Ground
Katherine Anderson Howell
Erin Kirsh (2)
Frances Klein
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Laura Lucas
Jennifer Martelli
Olivia McGill
Tim Murphy
Shea Newton
Amanda Niehaus

Michael O’Ryan
Amanda Oosthuizen
Valeri Paxton-Steele

Marquis Peacock
Christian Perry
Jayme Russell
Noam Shpancer
Eva Skrande

Fiona Smith
Arthur Stone
Nicole Vento

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award poetry mega-issue, which will run by Monday, July 17th. They will also be included in this fall’s third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our quarterly flash fiction contests as well. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

10th Place – “Unsacred Cow” by Christopher P. Mooney
9th Place – “Disco Vertigo” by Sam Morris
8th Place – “Why the Coyote Doesn’t Just Order Chinese”
                      by Phillip Provance
7th Place – “Kitchen, Sinister” by Laura Potts
6th Place – “Fingers for the Ferryman” by Dan Diehn
5th Place – “Soft and Supple Flesh” by Nicholas De Genova
4th Place – “The Message” by Susan Adler George

 

And now for those poems that really hit the mark.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Elements Lost and Found”
by Mori Glaser

 

2nd Place ($100)

Elegy for Nuestra Señora la Reina 
by Matilda Berke

 

1st Place ($200)

“Ten Years Later”
by Erin Kirsh

Flash Rage results!

14 Apr

There must be a lot of anger out there, because the Flash Rage contest resulted in one of our very best turnouts ever. That means the competition was especially cutthroat this time around, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Great to see such a wide variety of subject matter, with the rebellion, revolt, resistance and pure rage themes not only taking political and sociocultural overtones but also branching out to cover inanimate objects, vengeance-minded animals, dinners from hell, staple-gun mayhem, coups at the old folks’ home, and Vlad the Impaler’s wife. 

We’re still putting together the details of our next quarterly flash fiction contest, but within a few days we’ll open our annual Shadow Award poetry contest for submissions. So keep an eye out for that as we’re looking forward to our annual diversion into dark and offbeat poetry.

Without further ado, let’s get to the goods.

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:
(who hail from the USA, U.K., Canada, and Germany)

Quinn Alexander
Raluca Alexandru
Michael Carter
Jack Caseros
Amanda Chiado
Dan Diehn
David Gilbert
Daniel Greene
Wiebo Grobler
Chris Holaday
D I Hughes
Cleo Keahna Uran
Jacqueline MacDonald
Jennifer McCarthy
Erin O’Shea
Amy Rossi
Sandra Schmidtke
J Schnader
William Stoddart

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Rage mega-issue, which will run over the weekend. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

But you’re probably not reading this part anyway, so…

 

Honorable Mentions go to:

10th Place – “No Names Left to Say” by Lisa Mecham (California, USA)
9th Place – “Better This Way” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
8th Place – “Lydia and Jacob” by Fred Nolan (Texas, USA)
7th Place – “Welcome to Europe” by S. K. Azoulay (Israel)
6th Place – “Illumination” by Jessica Granger (Ohio, USA)
5th Place – “The Memory of Elephants” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
4th Place – “Healing Powers” by Timothy Gustafson (Minnesota, USA)

 

And now on to stories that really take the cake.

3rd Place ($50)

“Indigenous Rising”
by Philip Webb Gregg (U.K.)

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Give Me the Gas”
by Lazarus Gray (Australia)

 

1st Place ($200)

“Gettysburg”
by Christopher Stanley (U.K.)

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Rage contest. Once again it was a blast to read the insanity you cooked up. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back over the weekend for the Flash Rage mega-issue.

Volume 7, Issue 21

25 Mar

 

Issue 7.21 will make your skin crawl.

This issue tells stories to frozen corpses, attempts to weaponize black widow spiders, and finds out if its family tastes like pork. 

Crunch time for our Flash Rage contest. Sure, you can always count on our patented Procrastinator’s Special (patent-pending), but our soft deadline is approaching fast. Get those submissions in by end of the day (PST) Friday, March 31st. 

And keep an eye out for our 2nd annual poetry contest. Details dropping on that soon.

“Oh, what a day. What a lovely day!”

– The Editor

 

Yellow

by Christopher Dorsey

Marrow’s Sweet Decay

by L.P. Melling

Shiny and Black

by Steve Passey